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Penn College Student Affairs Recognized in National Study

The Division of Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has again been nationally honored for its commitment to workplace diversity, equitable staffing practices and supportive work environments.

The selection as one of 13 institutions named the 2018 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs was announced by the American College Personnel Association and Diverse magazine. Penn College was also among the 2015 designees.

“We are honored to be recognized for a second time as a Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs,” said Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs. “We work daily to uphold Penn College’s values as an inclusive ‘community of respect.’ This starts with a knowledgeable and diverse staff who work directly with our students to ensure their education and empower their development.”

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Published February 16, 2018 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, Students | Leave a comment

Students Lend Hand in Choral Accompaniment

Michael J. Connor, the Williamsport Civic Chorus' music director, welcomes concertgoers to the ACC.

Among student volunteers at the concert is Jake C. Forelli, of Damascus, an engineering design technology major who serves on the MLK executive board.

Making a joyful noise, under Leach's guest direction

Minorities Lending Knowledge assisted at Sunday’s Williamsport Civic Chorus concert in the Klump Academic Center, co-sponsored by Penn College in observance of Black History Month. Members of the student group handed out programs and ushered for the performance, which featured a selection of “American Spirituals.” The community chorus was joined by Anthony T. Leach and the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers from Penn State. WCC member Deb A. Buckman, an assistant professor of chemistry/environmental science, helped coordinate the partnership with Campus & Community Engagement; other Penn College employees in the chorus are Barbara J. Albert, director of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, and Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Bloodmobile Nets 77 Pints, Raises Money for THON

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16A total of 231 patients were potentially helped by a Valentine’s Day blood drive on campus, as members of the Penn College community contributed 77 pints during a one-day makeup collection for the American Red Cross. The Bloodmobile was quickly organized after winter weather cut short a Jan. 16-17 visit to Penn’s Inn, and, based on limited available staff, the day’s target was set at only 49 units. In spite of minimal resources – and the fact that about 40 people had to be turned away – the goal was topped. Pediatric cancer patients also were aided by the Feb. 14 drive, as the Red Cross donated $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. “You guys always come through with us, and we had long waits again due to only having half the staff available with this last-minute reschedule,” Red Cross officials told College Health Services. “We need to make sure the April donors realize that the wait will not be like this, since it’ll be a two-day event again.” Online appointments are available for that visit, scheduled from noon-6 p.m. April 11-12.

Near and Dear

And who wouldn't want a valentine from this hirsute suitor?

Cupid’s arrow whizzed through the heart of campus during Valentine’s Day week, bringing a warm supply of affection and attention to a variety of activities: a girls’ night out in the Thompson Professional Development Center, a holiday-themed buffet in Capitol Eatery and a women’s basketball game in Bardo Gym that spotlighted the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. The “Galentine’s Day” slumber party on Tuesday included delicious snacks from Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, crafts, games, prizes and priceless camaraderie. “It seemed like everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed having a space just for women to hang out,” said Community Peer Educator Nina L. Walk, who co-organized the PDC event with Resident Assistant Bryonna A. Aldubayan. “It was so great seeing these two students work so hard to create a really fun event that focused on positive female friendship,” added Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. From 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dining Services presented a Valentine’s Buffet that featured such mouth-watering treats as grilled steak, pasta with vodka sauce and salted caramel mousse. Valentine’s Day wrapped up with a “Pink Out” game for breast cancer awareness, with colorfully clad hoops fans sharing their admiration and advocacy.

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Wrestlers Set for Regionals, Baseball Beginning, Basketball Ends

For the first time in school history, Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestlers have a shot at a NCAA national championship and they begin that quest Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Division III Southeast Region Championships in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Division III Championships from March 9-10 at Cleveland, Ohio.

While the college’s wrestlers prep for the next step, baseball season is about to begin and the seasons ended last week for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

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Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic Offers Care to Community

Penn College’s state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic offers affordable preventive services to the community.

The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides affordable preventive dental care to patrons from the surrounding community.

Services include cleanings, exams, sealants and X-rays. To schedule an appointment, call 570-327-4500.

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Acclaimed Christian Artist to Perform March 25 at Arts Center

Steven Curtis ChapmanThe personal journey of Steven Curtis Chapman, the most honored artist in Christian music – with 58 Dove Awards, five Grammys and an American Music Award – continues with a Community Arts Center performance at 6 p.m. March 25. Sponsored by radio station WGRC in celebration of its 30th anniversary, the solo appearance allows audience members to get an intimate look into Chapman’s own 30-year musical career. Tickets can be purchased at the CAC website, by phone (570-326-2424) or at the box office. Prices range from $26 to $42; student discounts are available. The Arts Center and River Valley Transit also provide complimentary Show Shuttle service, to and from every show at various parking lots around downtown Williamsport.

Penn College Baja Team Receives Significant Tool Donation

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team celebrate a recent donation of tools, valued at approximately $33,000, from Monster Tool Co. The 2,000-plus cutting tools will expand the students’ capability in building and modifying an off-road vehicle to compete against colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

The success of Pennsylvania College of Technology students on the international stage has been rewarded with a significant donation of tools, designed to manufacture new achievements.

Monster Tool Co. recently donated more than 2,000 cutting tools – worth approximately $33,000 – to the college’s Baja SAE team. The students will employ the solid carbide tools for years to come in building and modifying a single-engine, off-road vehicle to compete against 100-plus other colleges from throughout the world in Society of Automotive Engineers competitions.

“This is a very significant moment in the evolution of our team,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser for Penn College’s Baja SAE Club. “In recent years, we have really made a name for ourselves with strong showings against top-notch universities. This generous gift will help us reach the next level.”

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Three Employers to Be Represented at Sessions

Three employers will visit campus during the coming week, hoping to recruit Penn College students and alumni for a number of positions. Representatives of Henkels & McCoy will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room B2044 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center; MJD Systems will simultaneously welcome interested prospects in Room 141 of the Carl Building Technologies Center; and Wastequip will talk with potential interns at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room E140 of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. H&M and Wastequip will also conduct interviews in Room 201 of the Bush Campus Center on the days following their respective information sessions. For more, including applicable majors and vacant positions, consult the flyer: Visiting Employers

Flags Lowered for Florida Shooting Victims

Flags at half-staff

By presidential proclamation, U.S. flags on campus are at half-staff through sunset Monday to honor the victims of Wednesday’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Market Vendors Offer ‘Sweetheart Deals’

Shoppers survey wares in the Campus Center lobby.

"Meditation cushions" colorfully pose a soft-sell for customers' contemplation.

With steady hand and steely-eyed focus, Dining Services' Alyssa L. Fink, assistant baker, displays her cake-decorating skills.

Literal love letters set a warm tone in the CC.

Handmade housewares, inexpensive and invaluable!

Dining Services’ popular Artisan Market series returned with a tempting pre-Valentine’s Day medley this week, filling the Bush Campus Center entryway with offerings from more than a dozen local and Penn College craftsfolk. For three hours on Monday evening, browsers and buyers alike could check out baked goods, woodcraft, jewelry, soaps and other handiwork of local practitioners. The market will return to the CC from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Penn College Students Get Creative for Global Game Jam

Members of the Game Development Club at Penn College rely on their creative juices during the recent Global Game Jam hosted on campus. The students spent 48 hours creating games. (Photo provided)

Pennsylvania College of Technology students did their part to spark creativity by organizing and hosting a campus location for the recent Global Game Jam.

Members of the college’s Game Development Club spearheaded local involvement for the 48-hour activity, known as the world’s largest game creation event. The Global Game Jam encourages people to contribute to the worldwide spread of game development and creativity. Hundreds of locations in scores of countries served as hosts.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Revival Tour Booked for CAC

Squirrel Nut ZippersThe sounds of New Orleans will arrive in Williamsport when Squirrel Nut Zippers join forces with Davina and the Vagabonds to blend blues, jazz and swing influences for an unforgettable musical performance at the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 24. Founded by bandleader James “Jimbo” Mathus in 1993, the band made waves throughout the music industry and played a major role in the 1990s swing revival. An indescribably unique sound, on display in the celebrated and commercially successful “Hot” album, made it one of that decade’s hottest alternative bands. After a short break, Squirrel Nut Zippers launched a revival in 2007 and came back stronger than ever with notable appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show With David Letterman” and on “Conan.” New fans and longtime followers are excited to see the rebirth of this iconic group. Accompanied by the soulful blues band, Davina and the Vagabonds, this show is selling out venues across the U.S. and is sure to be an amazing experience for young and old! Tickets can be purchased at the CAC website, by phone (570-326-2424) or at the box office. Prices range from $22 to $52; student discounts are available. The Arts Center and River Valley Transit also provide complimentary Show Shuttle service, to and from every show at various parking lots around downtown Williamsport.

Feb. 15 Festival to Excite Young Minds About Science, Careers

A Science Festival, featuring fun, hands-on activities geared to elementary- and middle-school students and their families, is slated for Thursday, Feb 15, in the Pennsylvania College of Technology Field House.

The event, scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., is offered free to the community by Penn College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

The Field House will be filled with hands-on activities presented by local organizations that include businesses, high school students, college faculty and students, the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan, and the Carnegie Science Center, of Pittsburgh. The event is intended to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science, and exciting careers in related fields.

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Club’s Initiative Connects Students to Game Developers

Fittingly clad in Sherwood Forest green, developer Andrew Schneider pays a virtual visit this month to a gaming lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Game Development Club recently hosted a virtual visit from Andrew Schneider, creator of “Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood,” who was among the game designers that members met while attending last month’s Music and Gaming Festival in National Harbor, Maryland.

The award-winning guest speaker was the first of many, with one planned every other Friday as part of the club’s industry-connections initiative.

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